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¿Cómo amaneciste? The verb that you need ...

¿Cómo amaneciste? The verb that you need and you're not using

Dec 28, 2022

Have you heard the verb amanecer? If you have not, you are missing a lot because it is a beautiful word and also, very common.

This word has two uses. The first one, and easiest, as a masculine noun and the second one as a verb that forms a group with two other beautiful words: atardecer (sunset) and anochecer (dusk), which have the same functions -verb and noun.

El amanecer is our equivalent of dawn or sunrise.

Me encantan los amaneceres en la playa.

I love sunrises on the beach.

Ellos trabajan desde el amanecer hasta el anochecer.

They work from dawn to dusk.

Amanecer means that the sun rises and is an impersonal verb -only conjugated in the third person of the singular- when it refers to this atmospheric event.

No me gusta cuando amanece muy tarde en invierno.

I don’t like it when the sun rises too late in winter.

Ayer, cuando amaneció, me levanté a hacer ejercicio.

Yesterday, when it was dawn, I got up to exercise.

You can find it in one of our favorite sayings: Amanecerá y veremos, used as the equivalent of the English expression we’ll see.

However, the most common use of the verb amanecer is in the question: ¿cómo amaneciste? This is the most frequent way to ask a person how he or she feels after waking up in the morning and is only appropriate when we are closer to the time the person wakes up.

  • ¿Cómo amaneciste hoy? (How are you this morning?)

  • Muy bien gracias, ¿y tú? (Very well, what about you?)

Hoy amanecí un poco enferma. Voy a llamar a la oficina para decirles que no puedo ir hoy.

I woke up feeling a little sick today. I’m going to call the office to tell them I can’t go today.

Amanecer, in this case, is a personal verb and does not have a direct translation into English, but it will always be appropriate if your intention is to express how you feel during the morning after you wake up, so try to incorporate it into your conversations to sound more natural.

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